Eric’s Loop is packed!

Saturday,  January 13

Temps were in the low thirties today with sunny skies. About 6-8 inches of new snow on the trails this week since last weekend.

Trail Conditions

  • Hwy 819
    Wide, machine packed
  • Kay’s Loop
    Wide, machine packed (see photo below)
  • Eric’s Loop
    Narrow, machine packed, early season hazards exist (see photo above)

Tod Tibbetts opened up Eric’s Loop today. There were two trees down on the hill just off the triangle split with Kay’s.  He cleared those out with his chainsaw. He ran the Bearcat twice around Eric’s Loop. Tod said the snow is skiable but the trail is still a little uneven. Please use caution!

After inspecting the trails today, we decided it’s too soon to bring up the ginzugroomer. There is good snow cover on Kay’s Loop and Eric’s Loop. But the ruts need more snow cover on Hwy 819. And there isn’t enough snow cover in the meadow to run the Bearcat on Zeus’s Cutoff.

What snow we do have is pretty swell. Trail conditions are very good thanks to Aaron Mattix. He has worked wonders with the Bearcat taking good advantage of the snowpack.

Go outside and play!

Keep snow dancing!


Looks like winter on the West Elk trails!

Because of Wednesday’s snow event, Aaron Mattix decided to head up to the trails with the Bearcat today, instead of Friday. What he found looks a lot like winter.

Here’s Aaron’s snow report:

Looks like winter is finally on it’s way! Finally seeing snow drifts starting to pile up in the parking lot was a refreshing sight today.

There was a solid 6″ of fresh powder over what I packed on Tuesday. 819 is starting to fill in nicely, and I shoveled the off camber section from Dorothy’s View to the big Aspen so it will be more level. A few more good storms & we will be ready for grooming.

Keep doing your snow dances!

More snow on the way!

SNOW !!!

And more snow on the way!

Aaron Mattix and Alison Birkenfeld scoped out the trails on Sunday, January 7, and were pleasantly surprised.  Check out their photos from Sunday. Looks like about 6-8 inches of new snow.

Aaron was so excited he took the Bearcat up today, January 8, and packed Hwy 819 and Kay’s Loop.

Aaron reports that Alison broke trail on Eric’s Loop. She said there was decent coverage, but there’s one tree down near the split from Kay’s Loop. We should be able to get that cleared this weekend.

With more snow on the way, Aaron plans to pack trails again on Friday, January 12.

Think snow!



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